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OnePlus One image leak shows minimal design, variety of covers

14 minutes ago | Posted in: mobile phones

The OnePlus One has allegedly surfaced in leaked marketing shots posted on a forum, days before its expected launch. The images, which are renders rather than photographs, appear to show not only what could be the final form of the smartphone, but also a collection of the StyleSwap back covers the company will also be producing.

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Apple vs. Samsung, day eight: Pushing the judge's boundaries

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, software, mobile phones, Apple

The eighth full day of the Samsung-Apple patent trial went through another raft of witnesses as Samsung struggles to make its case inside its allotted limit of 25 hours -- a problem that hounded the company in the last trial as well. Lead attorney for Samsung John Quinn was forced to read transcripts of declarations to save time, hustle through witnesses and plead with Judge Lucy Koh for more time. An expert that the Galaxy S5 maker paid $1,000 an hour for refuted a colleagues' studies as "kind of biased."

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Briefly: Google Trends' email notifications, Tresorit storage launch

Sat April 19, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Today Google has added email notifications for its Google Trends service. Users can now subscribe to any search topic, including Hot Searches for any country or US monthly Top Chart subscriptions. Google Trends subscriptions can be signed up for by selecting "Subscribe" button beside a particular trend topic, and unsubscribing can be done any time within the preferences area.

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Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned FuelBand revision

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker.

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Briefly: PS Store flash sale, AT&T updates GoPhone plan

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, gadgets, enterprise

Sony has announced a flash sale on its Playstation Store, offering 30 games on sale for $1 each. Classic titles such as Braid, Everyday Shooter, Gotham City Impostors, Plants vs Zombies and more are available for PS3, PSP and PS Vista. The Playstation Store's flash sale runs until April 21 at 7AM PST.

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Samsung details premium subscription for Milk Music service

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: software, audio

Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts, adding an option to remove advertising priced at $3.99 per month, with premium subscribers said to be receiving some unnamed "exclusive features."

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Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-poaching lawsuit

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and Google -- and later, other high-tech businesses -- forged to keep salaries low and talent in place. The accused parties settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, agreeing to end barriers to competitive hiring.

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Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

Samsung has been standing atop the hill of Android phones for some time now with its Galaxy line. Other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have briefly held the crown, but Samsung always seems to find a way to yank it back with new features, ease of use and simple design. The newest in the line, the Galaxy S5, looks to push Samsung towards the top of the pile again. But what kind of features can you look forward to in the new Galaxy S5, and is it capable of competing head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s?

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Photos depict alleged front panel for second-generation iPad Air

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: iPad

Newly-leaked photos show a front panel claimed to be for the second-generation iPad Air. The photos were obtained by a Dutch website, One More Thing. While the panel is similar to its equivalent for the first-gen Air, it appears to have switched to an integrated display. That could allow a second-gen tablet to become even thinner, or maintain the same size and improve battery life.

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Briefly: Tesco confirms Hudl sequel, Chromecast offers credit in UK

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch 1440x900 display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, and a stock installation of Android with apps for Tesco services pre-loaded. Specifications for the updated model remain unknown.

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Microsoft sells 5M Xbox One consoles, Sony hits 7M PlayStation 4 sales

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7 million units sold worldwide in a blog post just one day before Microsoft's announcement.

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Rockstar Consortium denied motion to transfer Google case to Texas

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

US District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium to transfer a patent invalidation countersuit by Google from California to the Eastern District of Texas, Reuters says. The Eastern District of Texas is infamous for leaning towards patent holders in its court rulings. Wilken ruled, however, that Google was able to provide enough evidence to keep the case in California.

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Google rumored to work with MediaTek for budget Nexus smartphone

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.

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HTC explores optical zooming for cameras in 2015 smartphones

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, mobile phones

HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18 months, and suggesting a smartphone could reach a DSLR level of imaging performance in 18 to 24 months.

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Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, accessories

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.

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Pandora hit by new copyright lawuits over songs from pre-1972

Fri April 18, 2014 | Posted in: industry, audio

Following a similar lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, a group of record companies has filed suit in a New York court against Pandora, the top streaming subscription music service in the US. While songs made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to federal copyright protections, the labels argue that Pandora, like Sirius, should pay royalties to the tune of tens of millions of dollars because the songs are still protected under state laws.

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Briefly: Ubuntu tablets to run Ubuntu 14.04, Notegraphy for Android

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software, mobile phones

Canonical has released its latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu for desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes an update to its phone version as well as for tablets. Stated in a press release from by the company, the most recent Ubuntu version will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical OEM partners."

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Briefly: Facebook 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform Farmville 2

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by group members, and all users will be able to view trending topic posts in the iPad's version of News Feed. Facebook's app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.

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Analysts: Low iPhone growth now, but good times ahead in 2014

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

Historically, investment and Wall Street analysts have had a poor track record predicting Apple's fortunes ahead of time. However, as Apple's guidance has gotten more accurate, and as supplier leaks and blatant manipulation of the market grow, predictions are getting more accurate. As it traditionally does, Fortune magazine has rounded up the predictions of various investment houses and independent analysts, which show slow growth in iPhones this quarter, but expectations of boosts ahead.

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Effort arises to save Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange from dissolution

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security

A seemingly grass-roots effort has been launched to save bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. The "savegox" website has cropped up, launched by an unnamed group of investors, with the goal of providing "restitution to customers" and as an added benefit to "restore faith in the digital currency." Approximately 750,000 Bitcoins belonging to customers and 100,000 coins belonging to the exchange, valued at over $450 million dollars as of March 1, were said to be lost in the hack when the Mt. Gox systems were breached unnoticed over the course of several years. Mt. Gox says there was a also $27.4 million discrepancy in its bank accounts as of Monday.

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Michael's craft store chain hit by massive, long-running data breach

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: security

Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach between May 8, 2013 and January 27 of this year. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have been impacted, which represents about seven percent of payment cards used at Michael's stores in the US during the time period.

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AMD beats street despite $20 million net loss on the quarter

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry

Beating analysts projections, AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $1.40 billion, operating income of $49 million and net loss of $20 million, or $0.03 per share. Had the company not made its last $200 million cash payment to Global Foundries, it would have greatly exceeded its projections for the quarter. For the second quarter of 2014, the graphics and chip maker expects revenue to increase three percent, plus or minus three percent, sequentially.

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FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth auction purchases

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from TV broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened to boycott the auction, possibly slashing the reimbursement that the government would get from the auction.

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Google invites potential users to try Glass hardware at home

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on kit" to be sent to them, including a variety of Glass units and its Titanium Collection prescription frames.

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Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS, Android apps

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, security, iPhone apps, mobile phones

Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if both parties have it enabled, and allow restricting notifications to specific groups -- close friends, for example, or a custom list.

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Google launching test of fiber Internet for business in Kansas City

Thu April 17, 2014 | Posted in: industry, networking

Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service, with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out what that product could look like, and that's why we're launching this pilot." Small businesses in the area have been emailed to inquire if there was an interest in testing the service, in exchange for feedback. Applicants must respond by April 25 with staff size, network requirements, and the name of its current Internet provider.

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